Kedarnath Agarwal

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Kedarnath Agarwal
Born (1911-04-01)April 1, 1911
Kamasin, Banda district, Uttar Pradesh
Died June 22, 2000(2000-06-22) (aged 89)
Occupation poet
Spouse Parvati Devi

Kedarnath Agarwal (also spelled as Agrawal and Aggarwal) (1911–2000) was a Hindi language poet and littérateur.


Kedarnath was born on April 1, 1911 to Hanuman Prasad Gupta and his wife Ghasiti Devi. He was born in the village of Kamasin in Banda district in the Bundelkhand region of the present-day Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. He acquired the B.A. and L.L.B. degrees, and became a practising advocate in Banda in 1938.

However, his first love was Hindi literature, and he contributed much to that field. He was a member of the Pragatisheel Lekhak Sangh, a body inspired by the leftist Progressive Writers' Movement. His writings have been translated into English, German, and Russian.

In recognition of these contributions, Kedarnath Agarwal was awarded the Soviet Land Nehru Prize in 1973. He received the Sahitya Akademi Award in 1986. In 1995, Bundelkhand university conferred an honorary doctorate in literature (D.Litt) upon him. Other accolades included the Hindi Sansthan Uttar Pradesh Puraskar (1981); Tulsi Puraskar (1986); Mythili Sharan Gupta Puraskar (1990–91); and the Sahitya Vachaspati Manad Upaadhi (1990).

Agarwal was also involved in several educational and literary bodies. He served as president of the Arya Kanya Intermediate College for many years. He was associated with the Vinoba Bhave College located in Kamasin village, his birthplace. He also served for one year as president of the local Bar Association in Banda.

Agarwal was married to Parvati Devi. The couple were the parents of two daughters and a son. Agarwal died on June 22, 2000.

Published work[edit]

Kedarnath Agarwal's published books are as follows:

  • Yug Ki Ganga
  • Neend Ke Badal
  • Lok Aur Alok
  • Phool nahin Rang Bolte Hain
  • Aag Ka Aayeena
  • Bambay ka Raktasnan
  • Gulmehndi
  • Pankh aur Patwar
  • Mar Pyar ki Thapein
  • He Meri Tum
  • Kahein Kedar Khari Khari
  • Apoorva
  • Vah Chidiya Jo
  • Jamun Jal Tumzsa
  • Bole Bol Abol
  • Jo Shilayein Todte Hain
  • Aatma Gandh
  • Anhari Haryali
  • Khuli Aankhein Khuli Daine

The Kedar Samman[edit]

The "Kedar Shod Peeth" is a foundation dedicated to commemorating Kedarnath Agarwal's contributions to literature. Every year, it awards the "Kedar Samman" to one person who has made outstanding contributions to literature.


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